Time for an introduction. Starting Monday, I began serving you as a Jaguars beat writer for the Times-Union. I come to Jacksonville after covering the Washington Redskins for eight years – one for the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press, five for the Washington Times and two for Comcast Sports Net. My personal background: I grew up in North Dakota, graduated from Kansas State and have worked in Kansas, upstate New York, southeast Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area.
The buzz Maurice Jones-Drew is back. The question: how much will he play? Jones-Drew, a three-time Pro Bowl running back, reported to the Jaguars Sunday after a 38-day holdout. He practiced Monday, took 10-to-15 reps, and said he believes he is in game shape. Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey said Jones-Drew almost certainly will play, but that Rashad Jennings – who started all four preseason games and performed well – will start. Jones-Drew is expected to play as a backup, which means playing on third downs and relieving Jennings for a few series.
One member of the Jaguars can do an awful lot to help Blaine Gabbert be good in the Jaguars' opener in Minnesota: Left tackle Eugene Monroe.